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Rice Kheer or Rice Pudding

Rice Kheer or Rice pudding is a popular Indian dessert, which is milk with rice and sugar concoction enhanced with the flavours of saffron and cardamom.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Author: Padma


  • 1 litre whole milk
  • ½ cup raw rice washed and soaked in water.
  • Few strands of saffron
  • ½ cup sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 2 teaspoons ghee clarified butter to fry cashews and raisins
  • 10 cashews fried till golden brown in ghee
  • A few raisins fried in ghee till they puff up


  • Bring milk to a boil in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat.
  • When the milk starts to raise, drain and add rice.
  • Once rice is half cooked, add a few saffron strands.
  • Keep stirring at frequent intervals and make sure it does not burn at the bottom.
  • Cook till it reaches desired consistency.
  • Then add in the sugar, a pinch of salt and mix well.
  • Turn off the heat and add cardamom powder, fried cashews and raisins.
  • Mix well and serve hot or cold.


You can also use low fat milk.
Sugar levels can be adjusted to suit your taste. First add half of the quantity, taste it and adjust accordingly.
Quantities of cashews and raisins can be varied.
You can also include your favourite dry fruits.
Addition of a pinch of salt enhances the sweetness of the dish.